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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4067..


MRS CROSS

(continuing):

Multicultural Council. I know that he is being regularly briefed. I am looking forward to the Chief Minister taking a little bit more of a proactive role in addressing this problem.

MR SPEAKER

: By way of explanation, the adjournment debate is limited to half an hour, so it sometimes only allows for six speakers. It has not been the routine to extend time, but it is open to the house to do so at any time. You have been the subject of their generosity, Mrs Cross.

Mrs Cross

: I thank the house.

Skate park in Civic

Greens senators-protest

Trees in Nettlefold Street, Belconnen

MR STEFANIAK

(6.03): I will take my five minutes and seek to be brief. First, I will point out to Mr Wood and Mr Corbell a lack of consultation in relation to the skate park at Civic. Matt Chamberlain and a group of skaters who regularly use the park spoke to the public servant involved back in June and indicated their interest in what was occurring. They were concerned that they were not involved in any consultation whatsoever. They were not even contacted in relation to the plans for that park.

After some pressure the minister indicated only recently that, within 12 months of the skateboard park being demolished on 9 or 10 November, an interim park will be put up and a new skateboard park, which will replace the original one, will actually be installed. I am concerned about the complete lack of consultation by government departments with the users of this park, and I want to make that point known.

I have two other points, Mr Speaker. I was appalled to see Senator Bob Brown and Senator Nettle carry on and be expelled from parliament. I thought it was particularly poor taste of them. The President of the United States handled it very well by retorting "I love free speech". That defused a very embarrassing situation for Australia. There are other ways of making protests, and what those senators did was in very poor taste.

Finally, I have been emailed a five-page document by the people who support the Nettleford trees, correcting inaccuracies about what they say PALM, the department involved, told their minister in relation to the actual number of remnant trees. There are a number of figures here. It is not a particularly contentious document, apart from it having a go at PALM for giving wrong information. They are not slagging off any individual; they are just making a series of points in relation to stats. Rather than attempting to read part of it into Hansard, I seek members' leave to table it.

Leave granted.

National Women's Media Centre

MS DUNDAS

(6.05): I rise to bring the house's attention to a very sad event that took place this week. It is the end of an era for a women's media group. The National Women's Media Centre, which operated for quite a while in Australia, has now had to cease operations.


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